The Size of a Home the Year You Were Born

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1940
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,177 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 321 sq. ft.
New homes started: 603,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $9,583

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1941
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,153 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 314 sq. ft.
New homes started: 706,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $11,171

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1942
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 2,044 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 557 sq. ft.
New homes started: 356,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $13,138

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1943
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,692 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 461 sq. ft.
New homes started: 191,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $15,166

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1944
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 837 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 228 sq. ft.
New homes started: 142,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $16,181

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1945
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 797 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 217 sq. ft.
New homes started: 326,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $15,850

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1946
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 817 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 223 sq. ft.
New homes started: 1,023,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $13,869

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1947
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 903 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 254 sq. ft.
New homes started: 1,268,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $13,457

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1948
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 800 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 229 sq. ft.
New homes started: 1,362,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $13,776

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1949
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 767 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 224 sq. ft.
New homes started: 1,466,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $13,466